Monday, August 6, 2012

The Value of Disagreement

I sure hope that you all already know about TED. Margaret Heffernan's Dare to Disagree is one of the best TED talks I've heard yet, and I feel compelled to share it because of its social, cultural and academic implications. Please listen carefully when she talks about the value of dissent in collaboration and research. From TED:
Most people instinctively avoid conflict, but as Margaret Heffernan shows us, good disagreement is central to progress. She illustrates (sometimes counterintuitively) how the best partners aren’t echo chambers—and how great research teams, relationships and businesses allow people to deeply disagree.
Sometimes, we all must agree to move forward. Sometimes, it takes disagreement for any forward movement to occur.

Do you encourage your learners and colleagues to disagree? 

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